Question: Do you think people should worry about the coronavirus?
Sarah Clarke answered on 20 Mar 2020:
I think coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is a big concern not only because of how many people it has infected but also because we don’t have very much information about what it does, have any medicines to treat it or any vaccines to prevent it unlike, for example, flu (caused by influenza virus). For that reason governments all over the world are trying to tackle it and keep people safe. So in answer to your question, I think people should be taking coronavirus very seriously. Its really important we follow the most up to date guidance on trying to prevent the spread of infection and how to keep ourselves safe. One place to look is here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Sophie Arthur answered on 20 Mar 2020:
I don’t think worrying is going to help anyone, in my opinion. I think we all need to take it very very seriously and help stop the spread of it by following the advice the government and medical professionals are telling us. If you look after yourself, your friends and family, then there shouldn’t be too much to worry about in my opinion. Just stay away from people as much as possible, keep washing your hands and so on
Check out the link that Sarah provided if you want to know more though.
Ioana Grigoras answered on 20 Mar 2020:
Pandemics are very rare, but very serious situations. One of the reasons why they are declared as such is for people to understand the gravity of the situation and take the necessary precautions. At the moment, we should not panic and do out best to keep ourselves and our families safe. To do this, we should wash our hands regularly, don’t touch our faces, not go out when we’re sick, so we don’t pass it to someone else and try to avoid large gatherings of people in the next few weeks.
I think an important think to notice is that we need a good balance between knowing the situation is serious and not panicking. Knowing the situation is serious makes you be responsible and do the things that will actually help the community (like the ones above), while panicking makes you not think rational anymore and then do things that actually harm your community (like hoarding supplies).
M S answered on 20 Mar 2020:
I think being cautious is good but not worrying. I think worrying wont help but it’s good to be careful about hygiene and about being careful. However, panic is not helping!
Kate Mitchell answered on 23 Mar 2020:
I agree with what the others have said – we all need to take COVID-19 seriously and play our part in reducing the risk of it spreading – for the latest advice on this see the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/. Following this advice will help to protect youselves, your families and communities, and will help the NHS to cope with treating those who become seriously ill. But worrying doesn’t help.